How Many Hats Do You Own?

Biltmore Fur Felt Stingy Brim Hat - The Peluche Pork Pie at HartfordYork.comAlthough there are certain men among us who admit to not owning even one hat (!), those fashionable gents who do wear flat caps, fedoras and pork pies tend to own at least a few hats, if not several. I suppose I have about ten favorite hats and caps — per season — that I wear, plus some that have seen better days (but I still use in a pinch).

Because I sell hats for a living, which entails meeting and working with hat designers, going on photo shoots and so on, I’m obviously in the enviable position of having access to all styles of hats in numbers that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

On the other hand, it can be very trying for a hat lover such as myself to constantly beMakins Fur Felt  Hat - The Salome Pork Pie at HartfordYork.com presented with the latest newsboy or fedora from master hatters like Borsalino and Wigens, and be introduced to new designers like Eugenia Kim and Victor Osborne. I continually see updated looks or some unique design that puts a new hat in my ever-growing list of favorites.

For instance, when Biltmore came out with The Peluche, a remarkably beautiful pork pie hat with its long, uncombed nap, it made the unequivocal declaration of my new favorite fur felt pork pie (Makins’ Salome — the brushed dress hat with rope trim) feel dishonest. There was in fact an absolute tie between the two impeccably designed and flawlessly made hats that left no room for preference.

Loving all well-made, stylish hats equally, the only solution to hat-hoarding must be either an intervention (ha!) or a larger cupboard/temperature-controlled display case. I’ll leave you to decide which path you think I’ll take.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

Advertisements

Straw Hats for Men

Makins Bu Straw Fedora - The Lyceum Hat at HartfordYork.comWe’ve got more five-star customer reviews to share, this time on perfect-for-summer straw hats.

The one pictured here is a Makins fedora called The Lyceum. Made from Japanese Bu straw, you really won’t believe how light this very classy hat is until you put it on your head. The blue with white multi-striped band is, using the word of a satisfied customer “magnificent”, and if you like your hats made in the U.S.A., then you’ll appreciate that this hat was made in New York City.

Joel W. called The Montecristi Pork Pie, a Panama hat by Biltmore, “a great lid.” Since he spends time in southeast Asia, he says it’s important to wear Panama hats “of high quality because of all the heat and humidity.” His assessment of The Montecristi Pork Pie? “This one rocks!”

Another Biltmore straw hat received a five-star review. Customer Enoch B. said he likes the quality of The Ventilated Panama hat, a pinch front fedora with an interesting dimensional brim and cooling open mesh crown. The great look comes in at a great price too. What’s not to like?

Keep those customer reviews coming. Let us know what makes you happy — and we’ll continue doing just that!

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

If you enjoyed this post, get free updates by email or RSS.

Men’s Hats Trump Dying from Boredom

Men's Rod Keenan Dress Hat - The Sedgewick Fedora at HartfordYork.com

There’s a new study coming out in the International Journal of Epidemiology which confirms that boredom can actually kill you.

In the mid-1980’s, some 7,500 office workers (between the ages of 35 and 55), were surveyed as to their levels of boredom. In April 2009, researchers confirmed which of those of the participants had died since the survey.

Here’s the kicker: of those who were dead, 37 percent had reported a great deal of boredom.

What’s interesting is the theory that people who are bored or unhappy with their lives tend to turn to unhealthy habits which in turn reduce their life expectancy. In other words, as one scientist put it:

The findings on heart disease show there was sufficient evidence to say there is a link with boredom.

Well, I guess you know my answer to this! Live a little bit outside your comfort zone to shake things up. If you’ve never worn a “real” hat, try one on today. And if you’re faithful to your gray fedoras, maybe it’s time to experiment with a bright shade or even a whole new silhouette like a pork pie hat.

Stay excited, people. It’s good for you!

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

source

If you enjoyed this exciting post, get free updates by email or RSS.

categories:

Published in: on February 9, 2010 at 10:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Don’t Over-Think Your Hat

Men's Dress Hats, Fedoras, Porkpies and Newsboys at HartfordYork.com - Rod Keenan Fur Felt Fedora Hat for Men - The Montmartre ExclusiveDid you happen to see GQ Style Editor Adam Rapoport on The Early Show last week? Well, either did I, but I found the story on CBS News, where he talked about what’s hot in men’s hats, calling fedorasa fantastic all purpose hat” although the slighter smaller look of the trilby looks great on “younger cooler guys — like Justin Timberlake” and Zac Efron. He thinks porkpies are “a bit trendier” and that newsboys are the new baseball caps.

Then he gives advice on how to wear hats, saying:

If you wear a fedora straight on your head, it looks more professional. If you tilt it to the side, then you look more hip and cool. You want to make sure you have a little flare.

Finally, Adam notes that:

People get confused and they over-think hats, and try to pair the outfit perfectly. You can wear the same fedora to work as you do with a leather jacket — it’s all about the way you tip it! It’s versatile.

Mr. Rapoport’s right on the money, of course. Except for the over-thinking part. All my friends (and hats) can tell you I hardly ever over-think anything.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
The Over-Easy
CEO Hartford York

If you thought about this post, get free updates by email or RSS.

categories:

Published in: on January 2, 2009 at 2:23 am  Comments (2)  

The Hats That Are Borsalino

Borsalino Fedoras and Porkpies from Hartford York Hats - Men's Borsalino Straw Fedora Hat - The Baku FedoraBorsalino hats have been the industry gold standard for luxury hats for 150 years, and the company sees no reason to change the way they do things. As Borsalino sales director, Claudio Mennuni, confirms in a Reuters article as reported in The Age: “some of the steps we do have to be done the same way we did it 50, 60, 70 years ago.”

For instance?

We found we couldn’t get the same quality using new gear,” like lighter irons to shape brims instead of old gas-fired heavyweights, he said. “In a lot of cases you have to fix the equipment, you can’t find it anywhere else.

Throughout the century, Borsalino’s signature trilbies, or fedoras, have graced the silver screen, from the likes of Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca to Denzel Washington‘s dapper detective in last year’s Inside Man.

Borsalino is targeting the under-35s, featuring new fibres, colors and hats that can be folded up and still keep their shape. These days, fashion watchers note a trend of nostalgia for the styles of the 1930s and ’40s, which include pin-striped suits, overcoats and elegant accessories.

Interest in fedoras and pork-pie hats among younger customers has been fueled by celebrities such as pop stars Justin Timberlake, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and the Black Eyed Peas.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

If you nodded (in agreement, not off) while reading this post, get free updates for all your friends by email or RSS.

source
categories:

A Whole Lotta Hats In New Orleans

Straw Hats from Hartford York - Men's Biltmore Porkpie - The MilanI get the Hat Life e-newsletter (free subscription, by the way) and was happy to read an AP article there called Hatter Sells a Thousand Hats. It seems that a long-time hat retailer (who’s been selling hats in the city since 1979) more than doubled her average sales of hats on the first day of this year’s New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Hatter Lynn LeBeaud attributes some of the interest in hats to people wanting to replace hats lost in Katrina. Others just wanted a new one or were looking for a reprieve from the blazing sun.

Whatever the reason, it’s nice to see that the $9.6 billion music industry in pre-Katrina New Orleans–along with the hat business, of course!–is coming back strong.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

If you enjoyed this post, get free updates by email or RSS.

categories:

Published in: on May 9, 2007 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Zen In A Hat

Porkpie Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Biltmore Porkpie - The Milan PorkpieToday’s Daily Motivator reads:

‘Calm and effective’

When you are at your busiest, when you are overwhelmed with things to do, when the pace is getting more frenzied by the moment, that is when an attitude of calm relaxation can do you the most good. Stepping back and calming down will actually move you ahead more effectively than nervous, anxious energy.

. . . don’t get in such a rush that you waste most of your energy fighting against yourself. Produce results rather than just activity. Instead of just being busy, be effective. Spend your energy on achievement rather than on nervousness.

I knew this of course. When life gets wild, I stick on my hat and zen right in on the tasks at hand. Then I go outside and play. Hard.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

If you are extremely focused right now, immediately sign up for free updates by email or RSS.

categories:

Published in: on March 26, 2007 at 4:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fashion Trends: Nude Work-Outs and Pork Pie Hats

Straw Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Borsalino Straw Porkpie Hat - The Baku PorkpieTrend Hunter Magazine had two snippets that caught my eye (and imagination, if truth be known).

In the first article, Nude Exercise – Gym Lets Patrons Bare All, it seems that you need only move to The Netherlands to join a gym where “it’s crack central all in your face and forever burned into your retinas”. I actually don’t need to go now; that sentence has done me in forever.

The second article is good news for those of us who love boater hats. Pork Pie Hats Appear at Mens Fashion Week says that “mini boaters and pork-pie-style hats worn high on the head are one of the more quirky looks being touted . . . for this spring summer.” Worth Global Style Network reports that “classic straw boaters as well as patterned versions were spotted on the catwalk at J. Lindeberg and Richard Nicoll for spring/summer 2007.”

Those of you who know me well will understand my concern that the naked, yet obviously toned and appearance-conscious, gentlemen in the gym might start exercising in their porkpies when they hear this, and to what end that might lead, I know not.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer, Fully Clothed
CEO Hartford York

If you share the concern posted here, get more stress in your life through free updates by email or RSS.

categories:

Published in: on March 8, 2007 at 12:51 am  Leave a Comment